Jeremy Carter - An Ominous [slapmp3_022]
In this second installment of the slaptape series, Jeremy Carter of the jam-improv-rock outfit Carter Bros. explores the more delicate side of his hand-made instruments. This cassette has two sides: one side made using Carter's own uniquely designed electric upright bass (see picture), the other side using a standard 12-string electric also crafted by Carter.
Run time 57:54
The music itself is beautiful... extended Frippertronic guitar drones, heavily bowed bass figures mashed to death by equalizers and samplers, subtle noisescapes... all created in the moment by the luthier himself.
1-4. An ominous (side A) Bass
5-6. An ominous (side B) Guitar
Q: What's a tape?
Lets face it! The cassette is dead. So why, you ask, did we start this run of cassette releases? Well, we just love that 60 db dynamic range and natural tape compression and wouldn't want the "compact cassette" format to go down without a fight. Since the early 80s (when the evil industry stopped trying to push their inferior 8-track format), the cassette has done the yeomans work in laying down the foundation of this substantial underground experimental music community.
And its about damn time we paid it some respect. No more portastudios but at least we can compose sounds with the limitations of a medium in mind. The spectre of two lo-fi sides tames even the most harshly digital artist.
This series is intended to be listened to on cassette. But is being released in mp3 format for distribution here. Hey, who has a cassette deck anyway? Alas...
Planned for the near future are downloads of these files made directly from the cassette masters.
October 29, 2004
I used it to tie her up
More and more, as the days move further toward divinity again, I like using the sense of touch to describe everything. Touch the string. Touch the power button. Touch yourself.
The bass gives me hope that one day, together, we can pave the whole planet. The 12string has me spending more time in my backyard. I know I can fly, I just have to find something to jump off.